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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Getting smart about NFL violence

Pros_and_cons_nfl_bookBy Greg Reeves
With not one, but two local NFL pros (one current, one retired) in the news for alleged criminal assault, Crime Scene KC has been looking for an up-to-date, comprehensive database of criminal charges against NFL players.
As if. The closest we've found is this 1998 book by Sports Illustrated reporter Don Yaeger and sports-crime expert Jeff Benedict. You can buy it online for $1.43.
Go ahead. I'm checking out my copy tonight from the library. Sample editorial reviews  from Amazon.com

  • "Startling in its breadth, Benedict and Yaeger's investigation into the off-the-field violence and criminal behavior that pervades the culture of professional football is as eye-opening as it is disturbing." (Amazon)
  • "When the authors checked a sample consisting of a third of the players on National Football League teams during the 1996/97 season, they discovered that 21 percent had been arrested or indicted for serious crimes ranging from fraud to homicide." (Library Journal)

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